Honda AquaTrax F-15X is the latest personal watercraft from Honda after a long hiatus since 2003. The new F-15X design showcases the company's commitment to providing high-quality watercraft that is both beautiful and functional. The craft has an aggressive wide bow that gives it a unique appearance. The bond line is raised at the bow and sweeps aft to provide both form and function. The raised line helps reduce the amount of spray, making it one of the driest rides on the water. Additionally, the Honda's rub rail protects the craft from scratches and dings when docking.
On the water, the AquaTrax F-15X is stable, predictable, and wide. The craft is longer, wider, and heavier than its predecessor, the Honda F-12. This combination provides a stable presence both underway and at rest, making it the perfect choice for family cruising. The 1470cc, turbocharged engine generates 197 horsepower and can achieve a top speed of 65 mph. The throttle response is nearly instantaneous, thanks to the turbocharger and intercooler, which are located closer to the throttle body. The intake grate more effectively loads the top of the pump, and the reduced diameter of the jet nozzle also helps to improve throttle response.
The AquaTrax F-15X comes with several features that make it stand out. For example, the fuel-consumption display provides details on the remaining riding time based on current speed and fuel. The keyless ignition can be programmed with up to 999 PIN options, making it more secure. The side panels are removable, making it easy to access for service. The craft has a top speed of 64 mph and can reach 0-30 mph in a little over two seconds.
If you're worried about feeling less than secure on any PWC, try holding onto the aggressive driver's PFD straps rather than a seat strap or grab handle.
In conclusion, Honda AquaTrax F-15X is the perfect choice for family cruising. Its stable presence, instant throttle response, and high-quality features make it stand out from other personal watercraft. With an MSRP of $13,999, it's an excellent investment for anyone who loves cruising on the water.
At the September 7th dealer introduction of Honda's 2006 powersports products in Las Vegas, the company made few changes to its AquaTrax PWC lineup, sticking with its existing models from the previous year. While competitors like Kawasaki and Sea-Doo are expected to release more details soon, Honda chose to offer the three-seater F-12 in turbo, GPS-equipped turbo, and normally aspirated versions, as well as the two-seater R-12 in turbo and non-turbo options. The F-12 will be available with a white hull and either candy red or bright blue upper deck, while the F-12X turbo will remain black on the bottom with the blue upper deck reserved for the GPScape model. The R-12X will come in black on black, with silver access panels and seat, while the normally aspirated R-12 will be white with a bright blue top.
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Honda's latest offering in the personal watercraft (PWC) market is the R-12X, which is the first four-stroke two-seat model to be introduced. Honda had been working on this model for several years while developing its introductory models, the AquaTrax F-12 and F-12X. The R-12X boasts a 165-horsepower, four-cylinder turbocharged powerplant that provides extra power when needed.
One of the noticeable differences of the R-12X from its predecessors is its smaller hull, which is five inches shorter and three inches narrower. The compact hull is designed with a sharp chine and newly designed sponsons that allow the boat to quickly transition into turns. The R-12X also features a low center of gravity thanks to thoughtful engine placement.
The R-12X comes equipped with Honda's adjustable quick-trim system, which allows drivers to redirect the angle of the jet nozzle by pulling a control on the handlebar. This system helps the boat change the attitude of the bow in sharp turns so that the running surface can re-grab the water instantly. This feature provides the rider with more control and maneuverability in the water.
Honda has also ensured that the R-12X is environmentally friendly by receiving a two-star emissions rating from the California Air Resources Board (CARB). The PWC also features a waste gate in the exhaust loop to reduce noise and an off-throttle steering system, which is ECU-controlled and helps the craft turn while the throttle is disengaged in avoidance maneuvers.
Other impressive technological features of the R-12X include the Limit Mode, which allows riders to select a maximum speed before turning novice riders loose. The Ignition Control System (ICS) will automatically limit power or shut down the engine if oil pressure or cooling temperatures are abnormally high. The electronic keyless ignition system allows the rider to choose a numerical code to prevent theft.
The R-12X also comes with digital and analog gauges that monitor every function of the PWC, a handlebar cushion pad, and trailer tie-down loops. All these features and more make the R-12X an excellent option for anyone looking for an exciting and technologically advanced personal watercraft.
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